Ontario’s New Reopening Plan Is Out & We’ve Answered All Your Questions

What's next for hair salons, gyms and amusement parks.

Ontario Editor

On Thursday, Doug Ford revealed Ontario's reopening plan, which is set to take place in three separate steps throughout the summer.

We asked you on Instagram what you wanted to know about the new plan and have compiled a list of answers below.

When will the reopening plan start?

The Ontario government will be moving into different steps of Ontario's reopening plan based on the number of residents who have been vaccinated.

According to the government, step one of the plan will only start once 60% of all adults have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This is expected to take place on the week of June 14.

The province will remain in step one for at least 21 days. Step two will then start once 70% of adults receive their first dose and 20% receive their second.

The third step will then take place once around 80% of adults receive their first dose and 25% receive their second.

When is the stay-at-home order ending?

While the Ontario government doesn't expect to start their reopening plan until the middle of June, the stay-at-home order is still set to expire on June 2.

However, emergency brake restrictions will remain in place until step one begins.

This emergency brake will prohibit indoor gatherings and will order all dining, personal services, fitness and more to remain closed.

Will essential stores be able to sell non-essential items?

During Ontario's stay-at-home order, essential retailers such as grocery stores and pharmacies, have been forced to block off non-essential items.

However, the government announced that this will no longer be the case when the reopening plan kicks in.

In fact, during step one, non-essential stores will be able to open at 25% capacity and will be able to sell all goods.

When will hair salons reopen?

Under Ontario's new reopening plan, personal services that can be done while wearing a face mask, including hair salons, are set to reopen in step two.

However, these companies will face capacity limits, which won't be expanded until the province moves into step three.

Are amusement parks allowed to open?

Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks will be allowed to open their doors in step two but will need to follow capacity limits.

However, if you're looking to go to an outdoor zoo in Ontario, you can expect those to reopen in step one.

Earlier this month, Canada's Wonderland announced that it would have to postpone its original opening date of May 14, due to the ongoing pandemic.

The company also announced a number of changes that will take place when they do open, including pre-scheduling your visits, mandatory face covering and social distancing guidelines.

What about gyms?

When it comes to personal fitness, change is coming. During step one, outdoor classes can resume with some restrictions. Only 10 people are allowed to be in a class at a time and must remain three metres apart at all times. Step two will allow up to 25 people in outdoor fitness classes.*

During step three, indoor fitness will be able to resume with some restrictions.

Can I play basketball outside?

On Thursday, Doug Ford announced that Ontario's outdoor recreational activities will be reopening as of May 22 at 12:01 a.m.

Skate parks, golf courses, driving ranges, tennis courts, basketball courts and football fields are among some of the activities that will be allowed to resume in the province.

Due to these new rules, the province announced that outdoor gatherings will be expanded to five people, which will allow residents to get outside with members outside their household as long as social distancing is maintained.

*This article has been updated.

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